Articles Comments

Riding the buses » Archive

Montreal Botanical Garden, Quebec, Canada

Montreal Botanical Garden, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Botanical Garden, with its rare and extensive collections, is considered to be one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. The rose garden itself has 10,000 specimens, some dating from before 1867 when Canada became a country. There are 4,000 species and cultivars in the alpine plant collection and its arboretum covers 40 hectares. This was all documented when the garden was designated a national historic site in 2007. The inspiration behind … Read entire article »

Filed under: Canada, Gardens of the world

William Spratling and Mexico’s silver city

William Spratling and Mexico’s silver city

Taxco (pronounced (“tass-ko”) is an enchanting colonial town about 160 km south of Mexico City with white-stucco buildings, red-tiled roofs, and steep cobbled streets that run anywhere and everywhere. It’s a national monument and a well preserved one at that. In the center of town is a small park (Plaza Borda) and bordering it is a cathedral (Parroquia de Santa Prisca) famous for its tall pink towers. This was my third visit to the town. The … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cultural travel, Mexico

A self-described non-partier goes to Rio Carnival, Brazil

A self-described non-partier goes to Rio Carnival, Brazil

Kristin Farr was going to Rio de Janeiro, the carnival capital of the world, for 5 days of celebration that takes place 40 days before Easter every year. She would be in the Samba Parade, an elaborate competition of song and dance, quite a feat for a Canadian who doesn’t even speak the language.  It was 6:00 a.m. on a cold January morning and I was lying in bed waiting for my friend, Juliana, to Skype … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brazil

Three ways to travel around Laos

Three ways to travel around Laos

Laos is one of my favourite destinations in Southeast Asia. I found the people incredibly hospitable, the landscape some of the most scenic in the world, and the cost of travelling there so affordable. There are different ways to see the country, of course, and here are three of them. We all entered Laos from Thailand. Barb and Ben Dietrich crossed at Chiang Khong in northern Thailand and took a two-day boat ride down the Mekong … Read entire article »

Filed under: Laos, Memorable moments, Planning your trip

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #2 Laos

They left the farm to see the world: Stop #2 Laos

Barb and Ben Dietrich, recently retired, travelled through Southeast Asia for three months last year and sent emails “home” about the journey.  We took the slow boat from Thailand into Laos. It was a two-day trip down the Mekong River and we stayed in a little village on the way down. It was a trip I will never forget. We loaded on the boat at 9 in the morning.  It had seating for 70 people and they … Read entire article »

Filed under: Around the world, Laos, Memorable moments

We love festivals!

We love festivals!

Editorial: I had lunch the other day with a long-time traveller who once hopped planes to see the world but who now spends weekends and vacations hauling a much-loved trailer to music festivals around Canada and United States. Festivals seem to be everywhere and they’re drawing people in: writers’ festivals, chamber music festivals, art festivals, wine festivals, street festivals, busker festivals. The list is endless. I live across the river from my country’s Parliament Buildings and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editorials